(The Associated Press) Sudan, called “the hungriest place on Earth” by the United Nations, continues to face malnutrition and extreme poverty. “If you stay here for a week you’ll have problems, even if you have money,” Dr. Galiek Galou, one of the few doctors in Akobo, Sudan, said. “There is nothing to buy.” The food crisis is due in part to lack of rainfall but also to the north-south civil war, which lasted just over two decades. The World Food Program quadrupled its aid to the area from January to March, but the need is enormous. Some food aid is being sold for the black market, including sacks of grain donated by USAID. Sudan’s elections, which are expected to address the north-south peace deal, begin April 13.
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